Cyclone Idai devastates Mozambican port

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This satellite image of Idai was taken on Thursday, March 14, 2019, just prior to the intense tropical cyclone slamming into central Mozambique. (NASA/MODIS Satellite)
This satellite image of Idai was taken on Thursday, March 14, 2019, just prior to the intense tropical cyclone slamming into central Mozambique. (NASA/MODIS Satellite)

The World Food Program (WFP)  is assisting the thousands affected by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, providing food assistance and helicopters to those in need.

As the cyclone hits Mozambique, around 500,000 residents in the port city of Beira have been left without electricity and communications, with heavy rains and winds of up to 177 k/h.

One WFP team member reported: “There are fallen trees everywhere, we are 150km from Beira,” WFP tweeted earlier today.

https://twitter.com/WFP/status/1106528225801445377

 

With heavy rains and winds of up to 177 k/h, Idai had built waves up to seven metres high over the Mozambique channel.

The cyclone has now moved west towards Zimbabwe.The South African Weather Service  said the storm would weaken as it moved inland but would still bring significant rain and widespread flash flooding to the Sofala and Manica provinces, the far east of Zimbabwe and southern Malawi.

This comes after a week of storms and heavy rains which have devastated parts of southern Africa, in particular Malawi and Mozambique. Over 100 people have been killed, and 80,000 displaced, with thousands of homes destroyed.

Malawi’s Meteorological Department has warned of more rains and flooding in the country’s south between Thursday and Sunday.

Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi says his government is “doing all we can to ensure that the situation returns to normal in all spheres”.

This is the biggest cyclone to hit Mozambique in over a decade.

 

 

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